Tehran

Old Rivals, New Rules: Riyadh and Tehran Eye Washington’s Shifting Policies

By Camelia Entikhabifard Years ago, much to the dismay of their strongest Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. administration led by Barack Obama decided to pursue a diplomatic channel to negotiate with Tehran. More than Iran’s regional escapades, the West was concerned about the Persian state’s advanced nuclear program. To curb Iran’s ambition of becoming capable

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Siemens Signs Iran Rail Contract as Germany Drums Up Business

By Gernot Heller TEHRAN, Oct 4 – Germany’s Siemens signed a contract to upgrade Iran’s railway network on Monday, one of several deals agreed by German firms during a two-day visit to Tehran by Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Gabriel has flown to Iran with a planeful of 120 managers who are keen to re-establish business

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Iran Detains a Dual National Linked to British Intelligence

DUBAI, Aug 16 – Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested a dual national last week in Tehran linked to Britain’s intelligence service, the latest in a string of arrests of dual nationals over the past year. “The accused was working in an economic sector related to Iran,” Tehran prosecutor general, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, was

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Iran Executes Nuclear Scientist For Spying For U.S.

DUBAI, Aug 7 – Iran has executed an Iranian nuclear scientist detained in 2010 when he returned home from the United States, after a court convicted him of spying for Washington, a spokesman for the judiciary said on Sunday. “Through his connection with the United States, (Shahram) Amiri gave vital information about the country to

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Suspects in Saudi Embassy Attack Appear in Tehran Court

DUBAI, July 18 – Twenty-one men accused of storming Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in January appeared in a Tehran court on Monday, Tasnim news agency reported, weeks after President Hassan Rouhani urged the judiciary to take action. The suspects are accused of “disturbing the public order and damaging embassy buildings”, according to Tasnim. Sunni

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Iran Suffers Losses in Syria, Aleppo Truce Extended

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, May 8 – Thirteen Iranian soldiers were killed in a battle with Islamist militants over a village near the Syrian city of Aleppo, Tehran said on Saturday, in one of Iran’s biggest single-day losses since it sent forces to support President Bashar Al Assad. Russia meanwhile said that a truce in Aleppo itself

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Saudi Arabia: In The Driver’s Seat

Obama’s making nice. But it may not be enough to salvage his track record in the Gulf By Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla At the beginning of his first term, U.S. President Barack Obama’s regional tour targeted Egypt in 2009, just one year prior to the outbreak of the Arab Spring. He wanted to engage in dialogue

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U.S., Iran Keep Iraqi PM in Place as He Challenges Ruling Elite

By Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, April 5 – The United States and Iran have formed an unlikely tacit alliance behind Iraq’s prime minister as he challenges the ruling elite with plans for a non-political cabinet to fight corruption undermining the OPEC nation’s economic and political stability. Local calls for Haider al-Abadi’s removal —

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U.S., at U.N., To Raise Iran’s “Dangerous” Missile Tests

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 12 – The United States will raise during U.N. Security Council consultations next week the issue of Iran‘s recent ballistic missile launches and is urging countries to cooperate on undermining Tehran’s missile program, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Friday. “We will raise these dangerous launches directly at

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Iran Plays Hardball with European Oil Buyers, Slowing Exports

By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Alex Lawler LONDON, March 9  – Iran has managed to sell only modest volumes of oil to Europe since the lifting of sanctions seven weeks ago and several former buyers are staying away, citing legal complications and Tehran’s reluctance to sweeten terms to win back customers. Tehran had been unable to

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